Junk Culture

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Junk Culture
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Junk Culture album cover.jpg
Studio album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Released 30 April 1984 (1984-04-30)
Recorded 1983–1984
Pre-recorded at Air Studios, Montserrat, ICP Studios, Brussels and Wisseloord Studios, Hilversum
Recorded at The Manor Studio, Shipton-on-Cherwell
Genre Electronica, synthpop
Length 43:05
Label Virgin
Producer Brian Tench and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark chronology
Dazzle Ships
Junk Culture
Singles from Junk Culture
  1. "Locomotion"
    Released: 2 April 1984
  2. "Talking Loud and Clear"
    Released: 4 June 1984
  3. "Tesla Girls"
    Released: 28 August 1984
  4. "Never Turn Away"
    Released: 29 October 1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Colin Larkin 4/5 stars[2]
Ottawa Citizen (favourable)[3]
Robert Christgau B[4]
Smash Hits 7/10[5]
The Sydney Morning Herald (favourable)[6]
Reading Eagle (unfavourable)[7]

Junk Culture is the fifth album by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, released in 1984. The three most successful singles from the album were "Locomotion", which reached no. 5 in the UK, "Talking Loud and Clear" (no. 11), and "Tesla Girls" (no. 21).

With this album, OMD regained their commercial grounding following the poor reception and sales to their previous effort Dazzle Ships. It had a much slicker sound in contrast to Dazzle Ships's experimental nature, largely attributed to the band's acquisition of the Fairlight CMI digital sampling/sequencing workstation. The title track is an instrumental with heavy dub overtones and tape collages, "All Wrapped Up" is a calypso pop song, and "Talking Loud and Clear" features a soprano saxophone melody. The cover artwork was designed by Peter Saville.

In a 2013 online poll, Junk Culture was voted the 35th best album of 1984 based on the opinions of over 35,000 respondents.[8]

A deluxe edition featuring the original album plus a bonus disc of B-sides, demos and previously unreleased material was announced via the band's official website and Facebook page on 17 December 2014, which was released on 2 February 2015.[9]

Track listing[edit]

  • Label copy credits: All songs written by OMD.
  • The US release has a modified track listing.
  • Writing credits below from ASCAP database.[10]
Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Junk Culture"   Paul Humphreys, Andy McCluskey 4:06
2. "Tesla Girls"   Humphreys, McCluskey 3:51
3. "Locomotion"   Humphreys, McCluskey, Gordian Troeller 3:53
4. "Apollo"   McCluskey 3:39
5. "Never Turn Away"   Humphreys, McCluskey 3:57
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Love and Violence"   Humphreys, McCluskey 4:40
7. "Hard Day"   Humphreys, McCluskey 5:59
8. "All Wrapped Up"   Humphreys, McCluskey 4:25
9. "White Trash"   Humphreys, McCluskey, Martin Cooper 4:35
10. "Talking Loud and Clear"   Humphreys, McCluskey, Cooper 4:20
Side three (free one-sided 7" single included with initial pressing of the album)
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "(The Angels Keep Turning) The Wheels of the Universe"   OMD 4:54
Bonus tracks on 2015 CD reissue: Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Her Body in My Soul" (b-side of "Locomotion") OMD 4:41
2. "The Avenue" (b-side of "Locomotion") OMD 4:10
3. "Julia's Song (Re-Record)" (b-side of "Talking Loud and Clear") Humphreys, McCluskey; Julia Kneale 4:18
4. "Garden City" (b-side of "Tesla Girls") OMD 4:04
5. "Wrappup" (remix of "All Wrapped Up", b-side of "Never Turn Away") Humphreys, McCluskey 4:01
6. "Locomotion (12" Version)"   Humphreys, McCluskey, Troeller 5:17
7. "Tesla Girls (12" Version)" (also known as 'Extended Version') Humphreys, McCluskey 4:31
8. "Talking Loud and Clear (12" Version)" (also known as 'Extended Version') Humphreys, McCluskey, Cooper 6:12
9. "Never Turn Away (12" Version)" (also known as 'Extended Version') Humphreys, McCluskey 6:29
10. "(The Angels Keep Turning) The Wheels of the Universe"   OMD 4:54
11. "10 to 1"   OMD 4:07
12. "All or Nothing"   OMD 3:44
13. "Heaven Is (Highland Studios demo)"   OMD 6:09
14. "Tesla Girls (Highland Studios demo)"   Humphreys, McCluskey 4:01
15. "White Trash (Highland Studios demo)"   Humphreys, McCluskey, Cooper 3:39

(Tracks 11–15 previously unreleased)


Group members:

Additional performers:

  • Gordan Troeller: piano on "Locomotion", Roland Jupiter 8 on "White Trash"
  • Maureen Humphreys: vocals on "Tesla Girls"
  • Jan Faas, Jan Vennik, Bart van Lier: brass section on "Locomotion" and "All Wrapped Up"
  • Tony Visconti: brass arrangements on "Locomotion" and "All Wrapped Up"
  • Bob Ludwig: Mastering


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (1997). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Eighties Music. Virgin Books. ISBN 978-0753501597. 
  3. ^ Erskine, Evelyn (25 May 1984). "Junk Culture review". Ottawa Citizen. Google News. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Black, Johnny (26 April 1984). "Albums: OMD – Junk Culture". Smash Hits (London, England: Emap International Limited). p. 23. 
  6. ^ Everingham, Henry (9 July 1984). "Junk Culture. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark". The Sydney Morning Herald. Google News. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Brown Jr., Carl (6 January 1985). "Junk Culture, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark". Reading Eagle. Google News. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Top 100 Albums of 1984: Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Best of the ’80s — Part 5". Slicing Up Eyeballs. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Junk Culture Reissue". omd.uk.com. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "ASCAP (THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF COMPOSERS, AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS)". Retrieved 3 May 2015.  searchable database (search Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark/OMD/O.M.D.